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Faculty & Staff

Chair: Dr. Gregory Shelley
Old Main 386
610-683-4456
shelley@kutztown.edu
                  Secretary: Mrs. Christy Derr
                  Old Main 384
                  610-683-4455
                  cderr@kutztown.edu

 

Graduate Assistants
OM 393
610-683-4946
Nikita Driscoll - ndris970@live.kutztown.edu 
Amber Nace - anace412@live.kutztown.edu
Tim Reider - treid117@live.kutztown.edu


 


Faculty listed alphabetically

A B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z 

* Accepting research assistants for the Fall 2013 semester 
(** Freshman and Sophmores only)

*Dr. Emmanuel Akillas
Old Main 394
610-683-1366
akillas@kutztown.edu     

He is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches courses in personality, clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He is the coordinator of the undergraduate clinical internships and supervises master's theses for students in the M.A. counseling psychology degree program. His academic degrees are: B.A., American College of Greece; M. A., Ph.D., Temple University.


Research Interests:
Clinical psychology, therapist-client interaction, clinical training and critical psychiatry.

 

Dr. Michele Baranczyk

Old Main 383-A
610-683-4459
baranczy@kutztown.edu 
She is an industrial-organizational psychologist who teaches courses in general, experimental and industrial-organizational psychology. Her academic degrees are: B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, M.S. and Ph.D., Colorado State University.

Research Interests:
Industrial-organizational psychology, work-family balance and gender in the workplace.

 

Dr. Catherine Best              
Old Main 397
610-683-1507
best@kutztown.edu    

She is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses in general, child, and cognitive psychology. Her academic degrees are: B.A., Dickinson College, M.S. and Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.  She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Science at Ohio State University.

Research Interests: Early cognitive development with a focus on the role of perception and attention on category learning and memory abilities in infants and children with and without autism.

 

*Dr. James Jackson

Old Main 389-A
610-683-4462
jackson@kutztown.edu   

He is a cognitive-experimental psychologist with special training in the field of gerontology. He teaches courses in general psychology and life span development. His academic degrees are: B.A., University of Maryland, M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas.

Research interests:
Cognitive aging, social gerontology and cultural issues.

 

Prof. Kathleen Kleissler

Old Main 396
610-683-4465
kleissle@kutztown.edu    
She is an educational psychologist who teaches courses in child and educational psychology. She recently completed a second master's degree from Chestnut Hill College in Child and Adolescent Therapy. Her other academic degrees are: B.A., Kean College of New Jersey, M.S., Seton Hall University.

Research Interests:
Child psychology, educational psychology and human exceptionalities.

 

Dr. Laura Koenig

Old Main 388-A
610-683-4464
koenig@kutztown.edu     
She is an individual differences psychologist, with training in behavior genetics (i.e., the study of twins and adoptees as a way of understanding genetic and environmental influences on behavior). Dr. Koenig teaches courses in statistics/research methods, personality, and measurement and hopes to develop a course in behavior genetics. Her academic degrees are: B.A., Luther College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Research Interests:
Religiousness, personality, individual differences and behavior genetics. 

 

Dr. Jason Lanter
Old Main 399
610-683-4458
lanter@kutztown.edu      
He is a social psychologist with a background in sport and exercise psychology. He teaches general, experimental, performance, personality and social psychology. Dr. Lanter is also passionate about the role of athletics in higher education. His academic degrees are: B.S., St. Lawrence University, M.A., University of Maryland, Ph.D., Miami University.

Research Interests:
Attitudes and behaviors of sport fans, and social roles for men and women in career and family

 

Dr. Derek Mace
Old Main 378
610-683-1368
mace@kutztown.edu      
He is an experimental psychologist with expertise in spatial cognition, memory, learning and evolutionary psychology. He teaches a variety of courses including Sensation and Perception, Experimental Psychology and Learning Motivation and Emotion. His academic interests include cognitive neuroscience, statistics, physiological psychology, pedagogy in psychology and the liberal arts. His academic degrees are: B.A., Greenville College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Kentucky. 

Research Interests: 
History of spatial skills including mental rotation and wayfinding, spatial cognition, memory, learning and evolutionary psychology.

 

Dr. Anita Meehan
Old Main 376
610-683-4466
meehan@kutztown.edu   
She is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses in general psychology, child and adolescent development, statistics, experimental and senior seminar. She also supervises students doing independent research projects. Her academic degrees are: B.A., Wilkes College; M.A., Ph.D., Temple University. 

Research Interests:
Experimental, developmental, history of psychology, cognition, cognitive development, memory, sex-role development, stereotypes, and teaching effectiveness.

 

**Dr. Avidan Milevsky
Old Main 390
610-683-1363
milevsky@kutztown.edu  
He is a developmental psychologist with additional training in mental health counseling. He teaches courses in child and adolescent development, educational psychology and personality psychology. His academic degrees are: B.L.S. in Behavioral Sciences, Barry University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Life-span Developmental Psychology, Florida International University.

Research Interests:
Parenting, sibling relationships, religiosity and well-being.

 

Dr. George Muugi
Old Main 387
610-683-4460
muugi@kutztown.edu       
He is a developmental and educational psychologist who teaches courses in child and adolescent development, educational psychology, culture and personality, and the psychology of prejudice. He actively maintains faculty and students exchanges with Kenya. His academic degrees are: B.A., York University; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University.

Research Interests:
Developmental, education, culture and personality and psychology of prejudice.

 

*Dr. Stephen Oross, III
Old Main 391
610-683-4461
oross@kutztown.edu        
He is an experimental psychologist with expertise in perception, cognitive neuroscience and developmental disabilities. He teaches courses in statistics, physiological psychology and health psychology. His academic degrees are: B.A., University of Dayton; Ph.D. Vanderbilt University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mental retardation and developmental disabilities at the John F. Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University.

Research Interests:
Sensation and perception, neural bases and methods of overcoming sensory impairment.

 

Dr. Dennis Rains
Old Main 398
610-683-1364
rains@kutztown.edu         
He is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches courses in personality, neuropsychology and senior seminar. His primary research area relates to the cognitive functioning of individuals who have suffered a brain injury. His academic degrees are: B.A., St. John's College; M.A., New School for Social Research; Ph.D., Cornell University.

Research Interests:
Clinical psychology, neuropsychology and social psychology.

 

Dr. Judith Rauenzahn
Old Main 380
610-683-1367
rauenzah@kutztown.edu   
She is a licensed clinical psychologist with a law degree. She teaches courses in abnormal psychology, tests and measurement, and psychology and the law. Her academic degrees are: B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., Boston University Law School; M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University. 

Research Interests:
Forensic psychology, psychopathology, sexual abuse and assault.

 

Dr. Thomas Robinson, III

Old Main 395
610-683-4463
robinson@kutztown.edu    
He is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses in child, adolescent, and general psychology as well as the psychology of prejudice. His academic degrees are: B.S., Howard University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University.

Research Interests:
College student retention, ethnic and racial identity, attachment and parenting styles.

 

*Dr. Robert Ryan

Old Main 385
484-646-4325
rryan@kutztown.edu          

He is a cognitive psychologist who conducts research in analogical problem solving and in verbal overshadowing. He teaches courses in cognition, research methods, statistics, learning, motivation, and emotion, and general psychology. His academic degrees are: B.S. in Music Education, Duquesne University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh.

Research Interests:
Applications of cognitive learning principles to educational practice, analogical reasoning.

 

Dr. Gregory Shelley
Old Main 376
610-683-4466
shelley@kutztown.edu      
He is an applied social psychologist with expertise in market research and health psychology. His teaching and research interests include social psychology, personality, emotion, nonverbal behavior, quantitative methods and industrial-organizational psychology. His academic degrees are: B.S., Kutztown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware. 

Research Interests:
Emotions, individual differences and nonverbal behavior.

 

Dr. Ronald Stoffey
Old Main 389-B
610-683-1365
stoffey@kutztown.edu     
He is a licensed industrial/organizational psychologist who teaches courses in industrial/organizational psychology, leadership, principles of measurement and statistics. He also supervises undergraduate I/O internships. His academic degrees are: B.A., Kutztown University; M.S., Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology.

Research Interests:
Performance appraisal, personnel selection, leadership and organization development.

 

Prof. Jennifer Wentz
OM 388-B
610-683-1378
wentz@kutztown.edu       
She is an instructor of Psychology with a background in General/Theoretical Psychology and Clinical Services. She teaches a variety of courses including general, child, lifespan and abnormal psychology.  Her academic degrees are: B.A. in Psychology (General/Theoretical), Cedar Crest College; M.A. Psychology (Clinical Services), Marywood University; currently ABD pursuing a Ph.D in General Psychology, Capella University.

Research interests:
Incivility in the college classroom; parenting style outcomes.